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Colleges in Pennsylvania

25 colleges
201,780 yearly degrees
$22,629 average yearly in-state tuition
$32,942 average 4-year student loan

There is a smaller number of colleges to choose from in this state. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $22,629 to get their degree at a public Pennsylvania college, while out of state students will pay an average of $26,974.

An estimated 60% of college students in Pennsylvania take out loans, with the average loan amount being $8,236.

The list below includes some of the biggest schools in the state ranked in order of popularity:

#1

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
Public public vs private
14,130 yearly awards
$30,373 net cost

There are 39,785 full-time undergraduates at Penn State University Park, and 47,119 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Penn State University Park. The freshman retention rate is 93%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 50%. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

Roughly, 47% of students at Penn State University Park take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $10,503. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Penn State University Park with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $50,100 after graduation.

Public public vs private
9,990 yearly awards
$28,331 net cost

The total student population at University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus is 28,642, of which 18,390 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Pitt. The freshman retention rate is 93%.

About 60% of students who apply get accepted. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

53% of Pitt students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $10,033. The student loan default rate of 3.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Pitt is $53,900.

#3

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Public public vs private
9,690 yearly awards
$23,366 net cost

There are approximately 39,967 students at Temple in total, 26,643 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Temple undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 57%. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Approximately 66% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $9,384. The student loan default rate of 4.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

$50,500 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Temple earns.

#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit public vs private
9,240 yearly awards
$24,242 net cost

There are 10,496 full-time undergraduates at UPenn, and 25,367 students altogether. The school has an admirable student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1.

The acceptance rate at UPenn is 9%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

14% of UPenn students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $7,733. UPenn has a 1.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UPenn earns $85,900.

#5

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit public vs private
7,130 yearly awards
$37,427 net cost

The total student population at Drexel University is 24,190, of which 13,572 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Drexel. The freshman retention rate is 89%.

About 79% of students who apply get accepted. Around 50% of accepted students are men, and 50% are women.

Roughly, 63% of students at Drexel take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $9,841. The student loan default rate of 3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $68,800.

#6

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit public vs private
5,490 yearly awards
$31,102 net cost

There are approximately 13,869 students at Carnegie Mellon in total, 6,298 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has an admirable student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 22%. Of the accepted students, 47% are men and 53% are women.

Approximately 37% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $6,155. Carnegie Mellon has a 0.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Carnegie Mellon is $83,600.

#7

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania
Public public vs private
4,800 yearly awards
$22,193 net cost

The total student population at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 17,306, of which 13,020 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at WCUPA. The freshman retention rate is 85%.

About 69% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Roughly, 70% of students at WCUPA take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $8,549. WCUPA has a 4.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from WCUPA earns $48,400.

#8

American College of Financial Services

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit public vs private
4,550 yearly awards
$ net cost

There are full-time undergraduates at The American College, and 8,864 students altogether.

Approximately % of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $.

$0 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from The American College earns.

#9

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
Public public vs private
4,100 yearly awards
$19,221 net cost

There are approximately 14,301 students at Penn State World Campus in total, 2,597 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Penn State World Campus undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

About 67% of students who apply get accepted. Around 50% of accepted students are men, and 50% are women.

65% of Penn State World Campus students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $8,076. The student loan default rate of 5.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate for Penn State World Campus with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $50,100 after graduation.

#10

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit public vs private
3,740 yearly awards
$41,858 net cost

There are 6,525 full-time undergraduates at Villanova, and 10,967 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Villanova. The freshman retention rate is 95%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 36%. Around 47% of accepted students are men, and 53% are women.

Roughly, 47% of students at Villanova take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $8,420. Villanova has a 1.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $77,900.

#11

California University of Pennsylvania

California, Pennsylvania
Public public vs private
3,440 yearly awards
$19,677 net cost

The total student population at California University of Pennsylvania is 7,788, of which 4,534 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Cal U undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

96% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

83% of Cal U students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $7,492. Cal U has a 7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Cal U earns $41,600.

Public public vs private
3,270 yearly awards
$20,940 net cost

There are approximately 12,431 students at IUP in total, 9,526 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average IUP undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

91% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

Approximately 81% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $9,078. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $40,800.

#13

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit public vs private
2,770 yearly awards
$33,480 net cost

There are 4,481 full-time undergraduates at St. Joe’s, and 8,085 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at St. Joe’s. The freshman retention rate is 91%.

About 77% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

58% of St. Joe’s students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $10,381. St. Joe’s has a 3.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate for St. Joe’s with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $59,600 after graduation.

#14

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit public vs private
2,660 yearly awards
$28,961 net cost

The total student population at Duquesne University is 9,190, of which 5,826 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Duquesne undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 72%. Around 33% of accepted students are men, and 67% are women.

Roughly, 74% of students at Duquesne take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $9,498. The student loan default rate of 2.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Duquesne is $58,500.

#15

Community College of Allegheny County

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Public public vs private
2,560 yearly awards
$9,021 net cost

There are approximately 16,147 students at CCAC in total, 5,669 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 20% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $4,820. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$32,000 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from CCAC earns.

#16

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit public vs private
2,470 yearly awards
$ net cost

There are approximately 4,028 students at Thomas Jefferson University in total, 663 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, % of students at Thomas Jefferson University take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $. Thomas Jefferson University has a 3.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $80,300.

#17

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
Public public vs private
2,350 yearly awards
$18,892 net cost

There are 7,125 full-time undergraduates at SRU, and 8,866 students altogether. It takes the average SRU undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 71%. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

79% of SRU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $8,352. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from SRU is $41,700.

#18

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit public vs private
2,240 yearly awards
$34,212 net cost

The total student population at Lehigh University is 7,017, of which 5,013 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has an admirable student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 25%. Of the accepted students, 49% are men and 51% are women.

Approximately 44% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $8,341. The student loan default rate of 1.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh earns $81,900.

#19

Community College of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Public public vs private
2,230 yearly awards
$7,701 net cost

The total student population at Community College of Philadelphia is 17,296, of which 5,084 students are full-time undergraduates.

45% of Community College of Philadelphia students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $4,101. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$32,000 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Community College of Philadelphia earns.

#20

Harrisburg Area Community College

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Public public vs private
2,220 yearly awards
$10,925 net cost

There are approximately 18,681 students at HACC in total, 5,516 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 55% of students at HACC take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $4,726. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for HACC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,900 after graduation.

#21

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Public public vs private
2,170 yearly awards
$19,725 net cost

There are 7,863 full-time undergraduates at Bloomsburg, and 9,260 students altogether. It takes the average Bloomsburg undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 73%. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Approximately 77% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $7,724. Bloomsburg has a 6.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg earns $44,500.

#22

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Public public vs private
1,870 yearly awards
$20,129 net cost

The total student population at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is 8,329, of which 7,053 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Kutztown University undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

83% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

80% of Kutztown University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $7,735. The student loan default rate of 6.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate for Kutztown University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $41,600 after graduation.

#23

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Millersville, Pennsylvania
Public public vs private
1,730 yearly awards
$22,032 net cost

There are approximately 7,720 students at Millersville in total, 5,671 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Millersville. The freshman retention rate is 77%.

About 79% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

Approximately 74% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $9,515. The student loan default rate of 6.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

$43,500 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Millersville earns.

#24

La Salle University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit public vs private
1,690 yearly awards
$25,937 net cost

There are 3,322 full-time undergraduates at La Salle, and 5,197 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at La Salle. The freshman retention rate is 76%.

About 79% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Roughly, 76% of students at La Salle take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $8,988. The student loan default rate of 4.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $58,000.

#25

Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit public vs private
1,680 yearly awards
$25,852 net cost

There are 2,233 full-time undergraduates at Wilkes, and 5,545 students altogether. It takes the average Wilkes undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 75%. Around 51% of accepted students are men, and 49% are women.

Approximately 81% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $9,973. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Wilkes is $51,600.

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